Are nylon strings easier to play than steel strings?


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05-20-2007, 09:54 PM
Just a quick question: Are nylon strings easier to play than steel strings?

05-20-2007, 09:58 PM

outlaw metaler
05-20-2007, 10:00 PM
Yeah I guess but they sound completly different You might want to just get lighter gauge steel strings

05-20-2007, 10:01 PM
they tend to be...

05-20-2007, 10:03 PM
:D Thanks guys, i appreciate the answers

05-20-2007, 10:08 PM
nylon strings are easier for beginners...but is very hard to get a distinct bend out of one to the point where you can hear it

05-20-2007, 10:15 PM
the sound of nylons are horrible. In time you'll get used to steel.

05-20-2007, 11:56 PM
I actually like Nylon for a couple things. A lot of fast finger picking (Road Trippin by RHCP) personally sounds a lot better on a Nylon. But yeah, Steel is generally a bit tougher to play, and requires more finger strength

05-21-2007, 02:27 AM
Most of the classical musics are played in Nylon...Am I wrong?

05-21-2007, 09:36 AM
the sound of nylons are horrible. In time you'll get used to steel.

wow while this may be an opinion it's not one I can respect

nylons are easier on the fingertips, pain wise.

05-22-2007, 05:37 AM
It is highly possible that nylons sound horrible to some for the following reasons:
1. Your guitar is horrible and cheap.
2. You're playing the wrong kind of music on it.
3. You've hearing difficulties.
4. You can't play a nylon to save your life. (Highly probable in this case!)

Both have different purposes, buy them based on your purpose.

05-22-2007, 06:13 AM
I think nylon sonds fantastic (i even fitted nylons to my banjo)
i even have a steel string strung with nylon (archtop acoustic) it sounds devine. & the best part is, it slides like an electric.

05-22-2007, 07:20 AM
nylon strings r actually harder to get a sound out of. u have to push harder to play something.STEEL STRINGS FOR LIFE BITCH!

05-22-2007, 07:38 AM
i like nylons. i write most music on my classical guitar. if you can't get a good sound out of nylons you're doing something wrong.

05-22-2007, 07:57 AM
Easier on the fingers, yes. But, the fingerboard on a classical guitar is generally wider with the strings further apart, so if you have small hands you may find playing a classical ultimately harder.

05-22-2007, 10:16 AM
I actually like Nylon for a couple things. A lot of fast finger picking (Road Trippin by RHCP) personally sounds a lot better on a Nylon. :no: :no: :no: no my freind you are mistaken, Road Trippin is actually very slow finger picking, check out Paco de Lucía, Niño Josele, Tomatito or any other flamenco guitarist and you shall learn the true meaning of finger-picking. By the way they play on rest stroke making fast runs harder. You did get the bit about nylon sounding good right though :peace:

05-23-2007, 07:14 AM
Steel Strings For Life Bitch!

05-23-2007, 07:37 AM
It isn't a matter of which are "easier" it's a matter of purpose.

......So much misinformation in this thread : (

05-23-2007, 10:10 AM
i think that nylons are great to play yea steels good to but at the same time nylon just has some great tone i just recenlty got my classical guitar and i love the sound so yea nylons are easier to play classical because of the wider neck and softer strings trying it on a steel string is not the way to go

05-23-2007, 10:13 AM
^ i agree but you should try to venture into the world of punctuation marks

05-23-2007, 10:17 AM
As far as acoustic guitars I have always played a classical guitar.
I agree, your fingers will hurt a lot less in the beginning than on steel strings because nylon just "feels" softer than steel. But when you start doing some of the more advanced things on an acoustic guitar (hammer-on's/pull-off's, trills, tapping, harmonics, fast playing in general) you'll find out that you need a lot more strength in order to achieve the same volume with a nylon stringed guitar than with a steel stringed one! Naturally, nylon stringed guitars already produce less volume.
So I would say nylon is harder if you surpassed the beginner-level of playing...

05-23-2007, 10:22 AM
why would you want to tap on your acustic guitar....?¿?

05-23-2007, 11:12 AM
Check out artists like Justing King, Andy McKee, John Butler and dozens of others :).

05-23-2007, 12:13 PM
the sound of nylons are horrible. In time you'll get used to steel.

i agree nylons suck ass i hate them with the deepest passion :peace:

05-23-2007, 12:32 PM
you are giving great reasons as to why they suck...please expand on them (btw Bal25 i checked them out...i get it now, though at first i had imagined a metalhead going crazy over his acustic lol)

05-23-2007, 05:17 PM
Stick with steel, for the fact that it would be hard to switch over from acoustic to elec`tric

05-23-2007, 05:17 PM
ah the sound of children squabbling. Who cares I like what I like & dont give a rats arse whether others agree or not.

05-29-2007, 03:55 PM
I don't like nylon strings at all, probably just becasue I'm not used to them, but I find that they roll under my fingers, and the fact that the strings get fat when you reach the plastic ones freaks me out. :eek:

05-30-2007, 09:02 AM
the nylon strings help bring out your minor chords. like for example dminor doesn't sound so bland but it sounds like 3 different chords being played at once.

05-30-2007, 12:43 PM
Easier to play in some instances, more difficult to play in others.

Really, a dumb question :confused:

05-30-2007, 02:43 PM
I agree with dreadnought, this thread is getting boring.

05-30-2007, 03:04 PM
i think they're too slick i can't do very good bends and hammer-ons on them

05-31-2007, 04:38 AM
Too much personal opinion involved and too many this is better for this type thing.
At very first both Nylon strings and Steel string will hurt your fingers. Just Nylon will hurt less and the pain will go away pretty quickly.
The neck on a classical is also much wider, making stretching for chords hard for a beginner or someone with small hands.
Steel strings are louder, i think they are better for rock while classicals are softer and better for classical stuff.

A good example of either type of guitar sounds awesome IMO and they both kick electrics because you dont need any electricity and you dont need to cart an amp around. But of course electrics are awesome too, i mean, you can get any distortion out of an acoustic too, just i dont like carting an amp around to wherever i want to play.

In the end the pros and cons of each tend cancel each other out IMO and it all comes down to preference